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janet118 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 08:26 AM
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116. This is a class issue . . . the American myth of equality covers it up
The New Deal created a middle-class. The boomers were the product of that middle class. The rich tried to stop the New Deal from happening and have been working to kill it ever since. It has been a long slow death but it is almost here.

We are taught that we are the greatest country in the world. We are taught that we can all pull ourselves up from poverty by sheer will and talent and become wealthy and successful. We are taught that those who don't are losers.

I was brought up middle-class - not upper middle, maybe even lower middle. I noticed right away that people who had well-to-do parents became successful, no matter how they performed in school or on the job.

Here's the problem. We all feel like losers when we are not successful because of the mythology that if we were smart or talented or industrious, we would be. Get over it. We are on our own. We should be working outside the government and forming our own co-operative food, shelter, and care systems. We will not. Americans pride themselves on competition and "independence." The death of unions, the lack of sharing and of common causes, our wary mistrust of each other, these all work to prevent organized cooperation to meet our own needs.

Boomers (or "hippies," a relatively small percentage of boomers) were right about group living and alternative energy and homegrown food. But finding out what happened to those back-to-the-land-ers may offer clues about why Americans have so much and do so little with it.





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